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John Rebchook, Staff Writer

John is an award-winning journalist who spent most of his decades-long career as the real estate editor of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. At different times John also wrote about banking, economic development, cable TV, workplace issues, technology and national and local political issues impacting business. He has also freelanced for Marijuana Business Magazine. John also published his own real estate blog for almost seven years and was a columnist at the Colorado Real Estate Journal. Before joining the Rocky, John worked at newspapers in Wisconsin, Illinois and Texas.

Tainted marijuana sold by 30 Nevada retailers

February 25, 2020

Nevada issued a health advisory for 20 different contaminated cannabis products that were sold at 30 retail marijuana stores across the state. The retailers sold marijuana flower and pre-rolls that failed an independent laboratory’s microbial testing for mold, yeast and bacteria, the Reno Gazette Journal reported. The marijuana, grown by six different cultivators, initially passed testing by […]

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Arkansas medical marijuana firm sues over replacement license

February 25, 2020

An Arkansas medical cannabis company filed a lawsuit against three state agencies over a failed bid to win a dispensary license. Medicanna filed the suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against the state Medical Marijuana Commission, Alcoholic Beverage Control Division and Department of Finance and Administration, according to Arkansas Business. The suit argues that after a […]

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No need to raise Iowa’s medical cannabis sales cap, governor says

February 24, 2020

Iowa’s governor believes the state’s proposed limit on how much medical marijuana a dispensary can sell an individual is adequate. The state’s Medical Cannabidiol Board recommended earlier this month the removal of a 3% cap on the amount of THC in MMJ products and replacing it with a sales cap of 4.5 grams per person over a […]

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Maine issues guidance on marijuana advertising

February 24, 2020

In an effort to keep Maine’s cannabis businesses compliant with state laws, regulators issued a reminder guidance regarding how to advertise. The state’s Office of Marijuana Policy released the guidance after an investigation into cannabis-related advertisements at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine, the Portland Press Herald reported. Parents of children who played sports or […]

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Hoping to legalize adult-use cannabis, New York gov plans visits to rec states

February 24, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will visit several markets that have legalized recreational marijuana in an effort to help develop a plan to get similar legislation passed in his state. “I’m going to visit Massachusetts, Illinois and California or Colorado,” Cuomo told Watertown TV station WWYN. New York is such an important market […]

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New Mexico alters rules for medical marjiuana sales to nonresidents

February 24, 2020

New Mexico has stopped issuing medical cannabis enrollment cards to people who live outside the state but soon will allow nonresident patients enrolled in other state programs to buy MMJ. Only a week ago, New Mexico reversed course on a decision that allowed nonresidents to sign up to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program. State health […]

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Kentucky House advances medical cannabis legalization bill

February 21, 2020 · Updated February 24, 2020

The Kentucky House of Representative voted to legalize medical marijuana sales in the state. The bill, which passed 65-30, now moves to the state Senate. The House and Senate are controlled by Republicans. The House vote represents the first time a medical marijuana bill has passed either legislative chamber in Kentucky. The bill has a “narrow […]

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Sol Global subsidiary gets $15M loan to build FL medical cannabis facility

February 21, 2020 · Updated February 24, 2020

Toronto-based cannabis company Sol Global Investments on Friday said a company it owns secured a $15 million construction loan to fund the building of an 88,327-square-foot indoor medical marijuana cultivation, processing and lab facility. CannCure Investments, which Sol Global acquired in 2018, received the construction loan from Advanced Flower Capital. The loan will be secured […]

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Harvest expands medical marijuana market reach by buying Arizona rival

February 20, 2020 · Updated March 17, 2020

Arizona’s largest medical cannabis company, Harvest Health & Recreation, grew its footprint in the state by acquiring competitor Arizona Natural Selections. Under terms of the deal, Harvest received: Vertical licenses for three operating MMJ dispensaries and a fourth location to be opened. A 55,000-square-foot grow facility. A 322-acre site containing a 70,000-square-foot greenhouse and 25 acres […]

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Australis ends purchase of Colorado CBD firm after lurid charges emerge

February 20, 2020 · Updated June 18, 2020

Australis Capital, a cannabis investment firm based in Las Vegas, terminated its planned acquisition of hemp company Folium Biosciences in the wake of shocking headlines that surfaced regarding the Colorado company it was going to purchase only two months ago. Australis, a spinoff of Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis, said in a news release it […]

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Multistate operators hog Missouri medical cannabis licenses

February 20, 2020

Missouri granted medical marijuana licenses to some of the largest multistate cannabis operators in the U.S., leading to a flurry of complaints from applicants who were rejected. A Missouri cannabis trade group also won a coveted license, according to an analysis of state records by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The influx of multistate operators seeking medical […]

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